Many people may ask, “Where is Mauritius?” The island of Mauritius is based in Africa, and is located in the Indian Ocean. It has become a very popular destination for holiday vacations. In fact, many people have holiday homes there.
Mauritius has a tropical climate, although it has a cyclone season which lasts from December to April.
Although you will find a variety of different languages on this small island nation, English is considered to be the official language. However, the majority of the people, over 80%, speak Creole.
If you’re planning on going to Mauritius, you’ll probably want to know what there is to do there. For starters, there is the Grand Bay. You can find all kinds of attractions there. The shopping is perfect for vacationers, the discotheques are waiting for those who are looking for the night life, and let’s not forget about the restaurants with delicious food.
If you’re into nature, you have to check out the Black River Gorges. It’s a 6,574 hectares national park. It’s a true “must see” for those wanting to visit a scenic place that they won’t be able to find anywhere else.
For those who like animals, Casela is the place to visit. Although it is a bird sanctuary, you’ll be able to find exotic fish, deer, tortoises, and tigers. This is absolutely an animal lovers paradise.
Do you prefer beaches? If so, then Ile Aux Cerfs is the place for you! With all of the water sports that it offers, you’ll never run out of things to do.
If you’re more of a history buff, then make your way over to the Dutch ruins at Vieux Grand Port.
Although Mauritius offers some of the most scenic beaches you’ll ever see, it also has a central plain, mountain ranges, and rain forests.
Depending on when plan your visit, you can experience one of the many holidays that are celebrated there. One of them is Holi which is a Hindu festival. It is a special occasion when people throw colored water on each other. While doing this, the wish each other well.
Another important holiday is the Chinese New Year. It’s never celebrated on the same date. Houses are cleaned until they are spotless, Nothing sharp is used on the day of the festivities. The color of red is used a lot since it represents happiness.
If you go there during October or November, you may witness or participate in Divali or the Festival of Lights. The houses are cleaned so well that the shine. The kids get new clothes, and candies are either made or are store bought. Yards, balconies, and walls are lined with lamps. When the sun sets, people light them to escort the Goddess of Wealth and Luck into their homes. This also shows that truth conquers ignorance (light over darkness). This is truly a festival of cheer, as well as a time for sharing.